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Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences

College of Natural Resources

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875 Perimeter Drive MS 1133
Moscow, ID 83844-1133
available courses range ecology and management

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Your Rangeland Ecology & Management degree has a number of course electives that will expand your knowledge and meet your goals.

Your degree may also be enhanced with a minor in one of our other programs. Many of our classes cross over and help you build minor credits.

For detailed information, please visit the catalog description for this degree and its options.

Course Descriptions

Biol 115 Cells and the Evolution of Life (4 cr)

The cell, heredity and evolutionary processes. Three lec and one 3-hr lab a wk. Coreq: Chem 101 or 111

Chem 275 Carbon Compounds (3 cr)

Aspects of organic chemistry important to students in the life sciences. Prereq: Chem 101, 111, or Permission

Comm 101 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2 cr)

Skills and techniques of effective speaking.

Econ 202 Principles of Microeconomics (3 cr)

Microeconomic principles governing production, price relationships, and income distribution. Econ 201 and Econ 202 may be taken in either order. Econ 201 or Econ 202 carry only two cr after Econ 272. May involve some evening exams.

For 235 Society and Natural Resources (3 cr)

Same as CSS 235. An exploration of how people use, value, manage, impact, and are affected by natural resources; course emphasizes social and economic realities and political and legal processes in a context of current and historical natural resource issues. Two lectures and one 1-hr small discussion group meeting a week.

NR 101 Exploring Natural Resources (1 cr)

Introduction to the interdisciplinary fields and professions in natural resources. (Fall only)

REM 151 Rangeland Principles (2 cr)

Rangelands are vast landscapes that cover most of western North America and the earth. Students will examine the ecological principles that cause these grasslands, shrublands, woodlands and deserts to change or stay the same. How humans use and manage these ecosystems will also be explored. The modern challenges of rangeland management must be met with broad thinking and new, sustainable practices to maintain and restore rangelands and the human communities that rely on them.

Soil 205 The Soil Ecosystem (3 cr)

Introduction to the physical, chemical, and biological nature of soils. Prereq: Chem 101 or satisfy Prereq for Chem 111

Soil 206 The Soil Ecosystem Lab (1 cr)

Lab study relevant to Soil 205. Experiments and demonstrations on basic and applied aspects of soil science. One 3-hr lab a wk. Coreq: Soil 205

Stat 251 Statistical Methods (3 cr)

Credit awarded for only one of Stat 251, Stat 301, and Stat 416. Intro to statistical methods including design of statistical studies, basic sampling methods, descriptive statistics, probability and sampling distributions; inference in surveys and experiments, regression, and analysis of variance. Prereq: Math 108, Math 137, Math 143, Math 160, Math 170, or 2 yrs of high school algebra and Permission

Biol 213 Principles of Biological Structure and Function (4 cr)

Principles of physiology in plants and animals (homeostasis, hormonal and neural control systems, organismal physiology) . Three lec and one 3-hr lab a wk. (Spring only) Prereq: Biol 115

PlSc 205 General Botany (4 cr)

Growth, development and ecology of plants, fungi, and protists in relation to their environments. Recommended Preparation: Chem 101 and PlSc 102. (Spring only) Prereq: Biol 115

Chem 101 Introduction to Chemistry I (4 cr)

Full credit may be earned in only one of the following: Chem 101, or 111. General treatment of the fundamentals of chemistry. Three lec and one 3-hr lab a wk. Does not satisfy the prereq for Chem 112.

Chem 111 Principles of Chemistry I (4 cr)

Full credit may be earned in only one of the following: Chem 101, or 111. Note that grades in Chem 111 will supersede any grades earned in Chem 101. Intensive treatment of principles and applications of chemistry. Three lec and one 3-hr lab a week. Recommended Preparation: A grade of ‘B’ or better in a high school chemistry course. Prereq: Chem 050 or min 560 SAT math or min 25 ACT math or min 49 COMPASS College Algebra, or a grade of ‘C’ or better in Chem 101, Math 143, Math 160, or Math 170; or Permission

Math 143 Pre-calculus Algebra and Analytic Geometry (3 cr)

Carries no credit after Math 160 or 170; carries 2 credits after Math 137. Algebraic, exponential, logarithmic functions; graphs of conics; zeros of polynomials; systems of equations, induction. Taught using the Polya Math Center, a studio environment featuring group study, one-to-one interaction with instructors, computer-mediated modules, and lectures. Prereq: Sufficient score on SAT, ACT, or COMPASS Math Test; or Math 108 with grade of C or better. It is recommended that Math 143 be taken within two years of passing Math 108 or its equivalent.

Math 160 Survey of Calculus (4 cr)

Carries no credit after Math 170. Functions, graphing, derivative, integral, exponential and logarithmic functions, functions of several variables. Primarily for students in business, life sciences or architecture who need only one semester of calculus.

For 221 Ecology (3 cr)

Fundamental principles of ecology. Major topics covered in the course include the physical environment, how organisms interact with each other and their environment, evolutionary processes, population dynamics, communities, energy flow and ecosystems, human influences on ecosystems, and the integration and scaling of ecological processes through systems ecology. Recommended preparation: introductory botany and zoology. Prereq: Biol 102/102L, 115, 116, or PlSc 205; or Permission Prereq: Sufficient score on SAT, ACT, or COMPASS Math Test, or Math 137 with a C or better, or Math 143 with a C or better. Required test scores can be found online.

REM 221 Ecology (3 cr)

Fundamental principles of ecology. Major topics covered by the course include the physical environment, how organisms interact with each other and their environment, evolutionary processes, population dynamics, communities, energy flow and ecosystems, human influences on ecosystems, and the integration and scaling of ecological processes through systems ecology. Computer-based materials are used extensively for guided independent learning of ecology. An online version of this course is offered as a separate section. Course information online. Recommended Preparation: Introductory botany, zoology and good working knowledge of Windows-based computer systems. Prereq: Biol 102/102L, 115, or 116; or Permission

CSS 383 Natural Resource and Ecosystem Service Economics (3 cr)

The role and application of economic theories and methods in natural resource and ecosystem service decision-making. Economic tools are applied to the management of forests, fisheries, rangeland, recreation, wildlife, and other contemporary issues. (Spring only) Prereq: For 235 or CSS 235; and Econ 202 or Econ 272; and Math 143

For 375 Introduction to Spatial Analysis for Natural Resource Management (3 cr)

Methods and techniques for obtaining quantitative and qualitative geospatial information from aerial and satellite images, maps, and the Global Positioning System for input into geographic information systems. Analysis of geospatial data for mapping, monitoring and planning associated with all aspects of natural resource management. Two lec and one 2-hr lab a wk. Prereq: College Algebra

Fish 430 Riparian Ecology and Management (3 cr)

Structure, function, and management of riparian ecosystems; interrelationships of terrestrial and aquatic components of riparian areas. 3 field trips. Special fee required. (Spring only) Prereq: For 221, REM 221, or Biol 314

REM 252 Wildland Plant Identification Field Studies (3 cr)

Develop skills to identify, classify, and collect rangeland plants in the field. Focus on identification of grasses, forbs, and shrubs. Discussions will also encompass the ecological roles of wildland plants and the ecosystem classification. This course includes a 7 to 9-day field trip. Required for REM majors. (Spring only)

REM 341 Systematic Botany (3 cr)

Phylogenetic approach to understanding plant systematics and evolution with a primary focus on the flora of the Pacific Northwest. Includes identification of important plant families and the use of dichotomous keys for species identification. (Spring only) Prereq: Biol 115; and Biol 213 or PlSc 205

REM 410 Principles of Vegetation Measurement and Assessment (2 cr)

On-line course designed to give an overview of vegetation measurement techniques for grasslands, shrublands, woodlands, and forests. Students will gain a solid understanding of how to assess and monitor vegetation attributes relative to wildlife habitat, livestock forage, fire fuel characteristics, watershed function, and many other wildland values. Recommended Preparation: A basic statistics course and understanding of how to use computer spreadsheets such as Excel. (Fall only)

REM 411 Ecological Monitoring and Analysis (2 cr)

Field and data analysis course where students collect, analyze, and report ecological data related to scientific research, wildlife habitat, fire, grazing, and land management practices. Class field trips required. Recommended preparation: Ability to use excel. Prereq: Stat 251 or Permission Prereq or Coreq: REM 410

REM 440 Wildland Restoration Ecology (3 cr)

Ecological principles and management practices involved in restoring and rehabilitating wildland ecosystems after disturbance or alteration to return damaged ecosystems to a productive and stable state. (Spring only) Prereq: For 221, or REM 221, or equivalent general ecology course

REM 456 Integrated Rangeland Management (3 cr)

Management strategies for integrating grazing with other natural resource values such as wildlife, water, timber, recreation, and aesthetics; emphasis on herbivore ecology including ecological impacts of grazing, ways to manage grazing, and nutritional relationships between plants and free-ranging ungulates on rangeland, pastureland, and forest ecosystems. One 4 to 5 day field trip. Recommended Preparation: REM 151. (Spring only) Prereq: Engl 313 or Engl 317

REM 459 Rangeland Ecology (2 cr)

Application of ecological principles in rangeland management; stressing response and behavior of range ecosystems to various kinds and intensity of disturbance and management practice. Web only. Recommended Preparation: courses in general ecology (e.g., REM 221) , technical writing (e.g., Engl 317) , and vegetation assessment (e.g., REM 411 or For 274) or Permission. (Fall only)

REM 460 Rangeland Ecology Current Topics and Field Studies (1 cr)

Discussion of topics related to changing knowledge and technology relevant to ecology of grasslands, shrublands and woodlands. Min. five discussion classes; one five-day field trip. Required for REM majors. (Fall only) Coreq: REM 459

Soil 454 Pedology (3 cr)

Morphology, genesis, and classification of soils; distribution of soils as related to environmental processes and factors. Two lectures and one 4-hr lab a week. Recommended Preparation: Soil 205 and Soil 206. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

AVS 474 Beef Cattle Science (3 cr)

Breeding, feeding, and management; commercial and purebred enterprises; management of beef cattle on ranges, pasture, and in the feedlot. One 1-day field trip. Recommended Preparation: AVS 222 or equiv. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

AVS 476 Sheep Science (3 cr)

Application of principles of genetics, reproduction, nutrition, health, and marketing to the management of commercial and purebred sheep; new developments related to sheep industry; production, evaluation, and use of wool. Two lec and one 2-hr lab a wk; one 1-day field trip or equiv time. Recommended Preparation: AVS 222 or equiv. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

Engl 313 Business Writing (3 cr)

Principles and practice in writing business correspondence, memoranda, and reports that employ conventions, tone, and style appropriate to the specific discourse situation. Recommended for students with some business background or upper-level standing. Prereq: Engl 102 or Equivalent; Sophomore standing

Engl 317 Technical Writing (3 cr)

Principles of clear writing related to technical style; problems such as technical description, proposals, formal reports, and technical correspondence. Prereq: Engl 102 or Equivalent; Junior standing or Permission

REM 429 Landscape Ecology (3 cr)

Ecological relationships and conservation issues for biotic communities across the landscape, including spatial and temporal dynamics and patterns, and importance of landscapes in maintenance of ecosystem diversity and function. One or more field trips; one 2-3 hour lab period per week. Recommended Preparation: Familiarity with spreadsheet programs and problem solving using computers. (Spring only) Prereq: For 221 or REM 221

REM 452 Western Wildland Landscapes (2 cr)

Survey of wildland plant communities of western North America, focusing on their natural history, including the effects of use by human beings, based on their physical, climatic, and biological characteristics. (Spring only) Prereq: For 221 or REM 221; or Permission